Five Pounds 2021 Griffin of Edward III, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Five Pounds 2021 Griffin of Edward III, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinFive Pounds 2021 Griffin of Edward III

At the time of decimalisation in 1971, the United Kingdom Crown coin (equal to 5 shillings) was redenominated as a 25p coin and pieces struck prior to 1990 - all the way back to 1818 - continue to be legal tender for that amount. The old denomination had been a regular circulating coin in the 19th century, but in the 20th century it became more of a commemorative denomination.

The Royal Mint continued issuing commemorative coins in the same format - using the traditional coin dimensions, but in copper-nickel. These were initially also denominated as 25 pence but the "Crown" was changed in 1990 to a commemorative Five Pound coin, having the same dimensions and weight but with a face value twenty times as great.

The denomination is used to mark special occasions, usually royal in theme, rather than for use in general circulation. Although not circulating, these coins are legal tender.

This coin type is the tenth and final design from a series of ten coin designs known as the Queen's Beasts.

The Queen's Beasts are British coins issued by the Royal Mint in platinum, gold, and silver since 2016. Each of the coins in the series features a stylized version of one of the heraldic Queen's Beasts statues present at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II representing her royal line of ancestry. It was announced that engraver Jody Clark will design the entire series; he is best known for also designing the Queen's Fifth definitive portrait, which is on the obverse of the coins - so he is in the rare position of having designed both sides.

The Queen's Beasts heraldic statues representing the genealogy of Queen Elizabeth II stood in front of the temporary western annexe to Westminster Abbey for the Queen's coronation in 1953. Each of The Queen's Beasts consists of an heraldic beast supporting a shield bearing a badge or arms of a family associated with the ancestry of Queen Elizabeth II. They were commissioned by the British Ministry of Works from sculptor James Woodford. The statues were uncoloured except for their shields at the coronation. They are now on display in the Canadian Museum of History. There are other statues of the Queen's Beasts, sometimes referred to as the King's Beasts, at Hampton Court Palace and Kew Gardens in London, and on the roof of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

The Griffin of Edward III is an ancient mythical beast. It was considered a beneficent creature, signifying courage and strength combined with guardianship, vigilance, swiftness and keen vision. It was closely associated with King Edward III who engraved it on his private seal. The shield shows the Round Tower of Windsor Castle (where Edward III was born) with the Royal Standard flying from the turret, enclosed by two branches of oak surmounted by the royal crown - a motif also seen on the House of Windsor commemorative crown coin.

The Griffin of Edward III £5 coins were issued by the Royal Mint in Brilliant Uncirculated grade, in a presentation card. Royal Mint Product Code: UK21QGBU. Issue price: £13.00. Release date: 25 January 2021.

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2021 Griffin of Edward III - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (her effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait").

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, followed by the value and denomination in English.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Five Pounds 2021 Griffin of Edward III - reverse photo

The reverse features, a dynamic depiction of the mythical beast known as The Griffin of Edward III - with the winged body of a lion and the head of an eagle - facing left. It is holding a shield depicting the Round Tower of Windsor Castle (where King Edward III was born) with the Royal Standard flying from the turret, enclosed by two branches of oak surmounted by the royal crown.

Around below, the inscription GRIFFIN OF EDWARD III. Around above, interrupted by the griffin's wings, the date of issue · 2021 ·.

The artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark) are in the lower right field next to the shield.

Reverse Inscription GRIFFIN OF EDWARD III · 2021 ·
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Notes

The Queen's Beasts designs were issued irregularly, so that the bullion versions of these coins were issued much earlier than their proof versions, and earlier than most of the other ten designs.

See also

Coins from the Queen's Beasts series featuring the Griffin of Edward III are:
- 1 oz Platinum Bullion, Griffin of Edward III, 2018
- 1 kg Gold Proof, Griffin of Edward III, 2021
- 5 oz Gold Proof, Griffin of Edward III, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Griffin of Edward III, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Bullion, Griffin of Edward III, 2017
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Griffin of Edward III, 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold Bullion, Griffin of Edward III, 2017
- 1 kg Silver Proof, Griffin of Edward III, 2021
- 10 oz Silver Proof, Griffin of Edward III, 2021
- 10 oz Silver Bullion, Griffin of Edward III, 2018
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Griffin of Edward III, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Proof, Griffin of Edward III, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Bullion, Griffin of Edward III, 2017
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Griffin of Edward III, 2021
- 1/4 oz Silver Proof, Griffin of Edward III, 2021
- £5 Copper-Nickel Brilliant Uncirculated, Griffin of Edward III, 2021

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Five Pounds 2017 Sapphire Jubilee unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2017 King Canute unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2017 Prince Philip 29,097 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Five Pounds 2017 Platinum Wedding 42,550 ELIZABETH II D G REG F D · PHILIP PRINCEPS · FIVE POUNDS
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Five Pounds 2017 Lion of England 31,838 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2017 Unicorn of Scotland 31,978 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2017 Edinburgh Castle 1,087 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Five Pounds 2017 Hampton Court Palace 1,087 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Five Pounds 2017 Downing Street 1,087 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Five Pounds 2017 Westminster Abbey 1,087 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Five Pounds 2017 Remembrance Day unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Five Pounds 2017 Christmas Tree 38,407 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2018 Sapphire Anniversary 18,296 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2018 Prince George Birthday 50,588 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2018 Four Generations 22,393 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2018 Royal Wedding 62,755 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2018 Royal Academy of Arts 11,988 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2018 Lawrence of Arabia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Ypres unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Tanks unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Royal Air Force unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Women in Factories unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Widows unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Remembrance Day 798 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 War Memorials 693 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Poppies 1,803 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Imperial War Museums 693 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Commonwealth War Graves 693 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Peace 693 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Remembrance Day (Coloured) 15,941 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Blackpool unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Brighton unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Southwold unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Tenby unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Prince Charles 27,435 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Five Pounds 2018 Lion of England 9,840 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2018 Red Dragon of Wales 25,753 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2018 Black Bull of Clarence 17,763 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2018 Christmas Nutcracker 39,337 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2019 Remembrance unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · FID · DEF · 5 POUNDS ·
Five Pounds 2019 Queen Victoria unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2019 ·
Five Pounds 2019 Legend of the Ravens unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2019 ·
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Five Pounds 2020 King George III unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Five Pounds 2020 Wordsworth unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Five Pounds 2020 Music Legends - Queen unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2020 ·
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Five Pounds 2021 Mr. Men - Little Miss Sunshine unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 5 POUNDS · 2021 ·
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Five Pounds 2021 Griffin of Edward III: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeCrown (Five Pounds)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value5 (x Pound)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerJody Clark
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.610 mm
Thickness2.890 mm
Mass28.280 g
OCC IDLGVB-OLDC-BMDY-OMPX
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